Premier of the Western Cape Province, Ms. Helen Zille, visited Langrug settlement to witness the progress made by the local community in partnership with Stellenbosch Municipality. ISN was introduced to Langrug after the municipality engaged the network, opening a year-long relationship-building window. Ever since, a full scale in-situ upgrade project has been launched, providing better service with minimal disruption to residents’ lives.
Sam Jacob - FAT
Museum of Copying, contribution of FAT to the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale. Interview with Sam Jacob. // by uncube
Are architects not into democracy? Civilian interference in the design process isn’t exactly welcomed by the profession. This ranges from moaning about interventions by non-professionals that complicate new projects to admiring the Chinese government for “getting things done”. There was the grimly funny story of Zaha Hadid Architects laying off architects because of “unforeseen events in North Africa”.
Alastair Parvin: Architecture for everyone, by anyone
Designer Alastair Parvin is the Co-creator of Wikihouse, an open-source construction set. He argues that there is an economics to architecture that we don’t think about, and realizing this can be a game changer.
There were 800,000 new refugees in the world in 2011, according to the latest data out this week from the UNHCR. 2011 to have been a record year for forced displacement across borders, with more people becoming refugees than at any time since 2000. The data shows that: • Afghanistan still produces more refugees than any other country - 3,054,709 - followed by Iraq and Somalia • Côte d’Ivoire has seen a 270% increase in just one year, and Libya a 89.9% increase • 4.3 million people were newly displaced • In many countries, the majority of people “of concern” to the UNHCR are children aged under 18 - 72% in Eritrea, for example